Questions tagged [artificial-gravity]

Use this tag to refer to mechanisms used in science-fiction works altering or creating gravity. Can be used in conjunction with the [gravity] tag.

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How does gravity work on Serenity?

When the good ship Serenity is traveling in deep space, the crew experiences what looks like an Earth-normal (or Earth That Was-normal) level of gravity. Is it ever explained how the ship is able to ...
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How does the Death Star gravity work?

As we all know the Death Star is spherical. I don't know if it generates gravity on its own or has a gravity generator, but that's not important. I think we have basically two scenarios: Gravity ...
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Why does Deep Space Nine spin?

In DS9: Afterimage Ezri Dax is suffering from a bout of 'space sickness' and asks Sisko if Chief O'Brien can slow down the spinning of the station. EZRI: Do you think the chief could adjust the ...
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Why is the helicopter in Rama (Arthur C. Clarke) subject to gravity?

In "Rendez-vous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke, an artificial gravity force is maintained in the O'Neil cylinder (thanks to its spin). However, according to my understanding of the centrifugal force, ...
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Scientists shown a fake anti-gravity device to motivate them to build the real thing

There exists a SF short story about anti-gravitation called the Mother of Invention (AFAIK). A bunch of scientists are shown a (fake) movie in which an anti-gravity device is demonstrated by an ...
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What's the technical explanation for gravity to exist inside a spacecraft in science fiction? [closed]

Specifically, spacecraft that are not obviously using centrifugal force to simulate gravity the way that the space station from 2001 does.
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Why do they never turn the gravity off?

In Star Trek it seems that they almost always have artificial gravity. The idea of not having it is shocking, even though my 21st century mind relates it directly with space. Here are a few examples: ...
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Generational ship loses power/gravity in space, and inhabitants forget purpose of mission

I read this story maybe 15-20 years ago. It was about a massive spaceship on a voyage that would take many generations to reach their destination. Somehow the ship breaks down, losing power and ...
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Why not increase gravity when an intruder is on board

I apologize if this has been asked before but: When an intruder is on board the classic approach is to chase after them and throw up a few force-fields (which usually gets bypassed). Why not just ...
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Is there any explanation as to why small scale vehicles—such as X-Wings and T.I.E. fighters—in “Star Wars” have gravity?

I realize there are questions focusing on how gravity works on the Death Star as well as moderate sized spacecraft like the Millennium Falcon—where you can stand up and walk around them—in the Star ...
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Why is the crew of spaceships exposed to quakes and trembles in a battle?

One staple of science fiction (particularly if you look at Star Trek in all of its incarnations) is that spaceships are equipped with artificial gravity; a second one is that each time a ship is hit ...
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Is there any advantage to the design of Yorktown Station from Star Trek Beyond?

I've only seen the movie once, so far, but the design of the Yorktown station seems to be totally absent of any practicality. The vast majority of the station is open air. That doesn't seem smart. ...
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Trying to find a book about a military prison spaceship written in the 80's

From what I remember, Humans were just starting space travel and got into a space war with a warrior race and got beaten badly. The warrior race were so disgusted with how poorly the humans fought ...
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What's the gravity maintained in Ceres?

I've just watched the first episode of The Expanse. I notice in a couple interior shots set in, I presume (by political content) Ceres, the producers/director took care to include a small bird, which ...
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Book about an alien spaceship visited by human beings and adapting to them

Once the astronauts get on the ship, it starts to change to fit the human beings needs. The gravity and the atmosphere change, the structure of the ship's instruments changes as well etc. Finally, the ...
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How do stars stay in position in the Battle Room?

The Battle Room is near-zero gravity environment where war games are conducted. Inside the area are large obstacles called "stars." Soldiers use these stars as cover, and also for launching off of. ...
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What happens to the people inside when the TARDIS is tilted?

If the TARDIS is turned upside down or is laid horizontally, what happens to the contents - including people? Does the TARDIS up / down orientation change? Or does it have an artificial gravity so ...
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Technology behind the ZPM and Gravity Gun

Does anyone know if the Zero Point Energy gun and the Zero Point Module are related? Do they operate on similar technologies? (I think they both use gravity, but in different forms) It would also be ...
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How does a Dyson Sphere's inhabitants deal without gravity? [closed]

It's well known that because the gravitational attaction at one point on the inside of a hollow shell is zero, because it is cancelled by the attraction from all the other points on the interior. ...
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In WALL•E, why does everyone get thrown when the Axiom suddenly lists?

In WALL•E when Captain McCrea is fighting for control of the Axiom, he ends up forcing the ship to abruptly list when he's thrown off of Auto. This, of course, has the undesirable side effect of ...
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Novel about benevolent aliens landing on Earth

I read this when I was a child (late 90's to early 00's) so my memory of the details is a bit hazy, but the story concerned an alien race making contact with humans. The main details I recall are ...
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How did Captain Picard and Worf stay in their seats while upside down in Insurrection?

In Star Trek Insurrection we see Captain Picard and Worf spinning upside down repeatedly while flying in an atmosphere in a shuttle and trying to capture Data. After they even out, Worf gets up and ...
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Did the tethered stations in “Friday” have artificial gravity?

Having read the book Friday by Robert Heinlein many years ago, I became aware of the concept of the space elevator/ space tethers. While fascinating in concept, our current technology negates the ...
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Changing gravity in Moon (2009 film) - simply a mistake or was there an explanation?

Last night I watched Moon and it struck me that the gravity seemed to change depending on Sam's location: On the Moon's surface, gravity seemed to be as expected, as evidenced by Sam's slow movement. ...
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How does gravity work on Star Wars ships?

Inspired by the question How does the Death Star gravity work?, how does gravity work on the Millennium Falcon and other ships its size? The passengers are not strapped in and regularly move around ...
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In Interstellar, why does zero gravity only exist some of the time in space?

For instance, the characters float around in zero gravity right after the Ranger docks on the Endurance, but in the following scene they walk around more or less normally.
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How fast did Babylon 5 spin or what was the highest gravity level on board?

Babylon 5 had a diameter of 840 meters. If the gravity was 1g, it would have to spin approximately 1.5 times per minute. How fast did it spin or what was the actual "gravity" on board? Are there any ...
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Crime investigation involving quantum computers

I read a book a while ago, yet cannot for the life of me remember its name. Sorry I cant be more specific but I'm pretty sure it was within the last 2 years. Couldn't say if it was new. But it was ...
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How can ship crew walk in USS Enterprise?

Has there been a scientific explanation for ship crew walking in spaceships in Star Trek? I know rotating stations can create artifical gravity but USS Enterprise does not rotate, at least not enough ...
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Do we ever see a 0-G environment on a Holodeck?

I was reading the TNG Bible and found the following excerpt about Holodecks: In the holodecks, almost any kind of recreation, training or exercise can be simulated, especially since these same ...
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Which Sci-Fi work introduced the concept of “Artificial Gravity”?

We see Artificial Gravity all the time. In fact, it's so common in Sci-Fi world that I don't think I need to give examples. Here, Artificial Gravity means a force similar to gravity, but without ...
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Independence Day - Why is there gravity in space?

In the 1996 Independence Day movie when we see Jeff Goldblum's and Will Smith's charcters flying into space in order to transmit a virus, there doesn't seem to be anything floating around as you would ...
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In The Expanse, how does rotating Eros create gravity?

On various occasions in The Expanse TV series, it's mentioned that the asteroid Eros has artificial gravity. As explained in-universe, the gravity comes from rotation. This is especially mentioned on ...
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Why are inertial compensators only needed for crewed ships?

Honorverse spacecraft move around using a reactionless "impeller drive" based on gravity manipulation. This drive can accelerate craft at thousands or even tens of thousands of thousands of gravities ...
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How do the colonials have such advanced space travel?

I know that colonial society was fairly advanced (as shown in Caprica). However, besides the advances in AI, it does not seem that their technology is that much more ahead of ours. Yet they have ...
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Why did Alara have to go home?

In Home (Season 2, Episode 3 of The Orville) Alara is diagnosed with a bone/muscle mass deficiency that is attributed to her living on the Orville and away from her high gravity home world. The ...
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What collection of short stories contained the Mother of Invention. About an anti gravity drive on a planet with a heavy diamond content

A group land on a planet and their spaceship is wrecked in an explosion. The planet is rich in diamonds and poor in other minerals. To get home they invent an anti gravity drive and take the planet ...
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2001: A Space Odyssey book physics

There's a passage in 2001 that struck me as wrong. They're describing the spinning of the carrousel in Discovery and there's the following quote. The problem of shaving was also solved; there would ...
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How does gravity work on the Icarus?

Sunshine doesn't strike me as the most scientifically inaccurate film, and how it deals with gravity has caught my attention. The Icarus (I & II) seems to have long cylindrical compartments, with ...
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Dead oceans, robot factory farms and freighters, personal anti-gravity transportation devices

This is one I came across in a different forum that has gone unanswered for a long time. Anyone here have any ideas? Information from original post follows: There was a sci-fi novel of standard ...
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Paris, the catacombs, anti-gravity skate punks

There was a book I read in the 90's, I guess. Set in Paris, it followed a bunch of punks who spent their time having firework fights in the catacombs under Paris, skating the streets on their anti-...
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Can't remember book or author for anti-gravity ship

I read a short story or book once that used a lens to focus gravitational waves from a distant object to overcome the local gravity. For example, if the ship was on earth, one could focus the lens on ...
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Looking to identify a children's novel in which stowaways eventually crash on the moon

I'm trying to remember the title/author of a juvie SF novel from the mid-late 50s. There are two kids who sneak out every chance they get to watch rocket launches. These are multi-staged things with ...
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In Aurora, why was the shipboard gravity increased to 1.1g?

In Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora: (book ending spoiler)
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How could the inhabitants of the Matoran Universe be unaware of its nature? [Massive Spoilers]

All the islands inside Mata Nui face towards his front. Yet travel between islands was possible even before he crash-landed on Aqua Magna (for example, Toa Jovann and his team did this). Unless his ...
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Firefly has its own gravitational field? [duplicate]

In Firefly episode eight, Out of Gas, the engine breaks, causing the oxygen and heating to go offline on Serenity. For some reason, the gravity stays on. Mal (the captain) is able to move about freely,...
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Was the idea of a tidal dislocation weapon ever suggested in SciFi? [closed]

In an intense and non uniform gravity field, the various parts of a moving body tend to follow different trajectories, and will unless the whole structure is tied strongly enough to prevent flying ...
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Why is there gravity in the pod bay on Discovery One in 2001 and 2010 movies?

In both movies, 2001 and 2010, we see people walking in the pod hangar bay aboard the Discovery One. The only part of the ship that has artificial gravity is the centrifuge wheel, so how can people ...
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Are repulsorlifts anti-gravity?

I know this sounds like a stupid question, but I just wanted to confirm if they are the same thing. In new canon, anti-gravity is never mentioned.
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Lizards with advanced intelligence (dinosaurs) in a cylindrical spaceship flying towards earth

I read the book in the late 80's. I believe that the huge "ship" was a pre-programmed vessel that was heading back to Earth with a collection of intelligent lizards/dinosaurs as the cargo. If I ...